J. Lawrence Aber

J. Lawrence Aber

Distinguished Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Policy, Department of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University

J. Lawrence Aber is Distinguished Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Policy at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, where he also serves as board chair of its Institute of Human Development and Social Change. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University and an A.B. from Harvard University.

Aber is an internationally recognized expert in child development and social policy and has co-edited Neighborhood Poverty: Context and Consequences for Children (1997, Russell Sage Foundation), Assessing the Impact of September 11th 2001 on Children Youth and Parents: Lessons for Applied Developmental Science (2004, Erlbaum) and Child Development and Social Policy: Knowledge for Action (2006, APA Publications). His basic research examines the influence of poverty and violence, at the family and community levels, on the social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive and academic development of children and youth. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Children's Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa and of the Forum for Youth Investment in Washington, D.C.